I have witnessed numerous incidents of mature adults who are terrified of going to the dentist.  So many people have been traumatized by dentists over the years. I truly feel that the abusive treatment of patients by some dentists has been a shameful mark on the profession of dentistry.  As dentists, we are obligated to strive to improve the dental health of patients without harming the patient.  When a patient suffers a traumatic experience at the hands of an abusive dentist, that dentist has now caused emotional harm.  This emotional harm is no less devastating than any physical harm.  Many times this emotional harm is so devastating that it haunts the patient for a lifetime and often affects the patient’s ability to see any dentist for even routine dental care.